LEADERS ASK

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words, he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”  Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Acts 2:37-41

Some of the most tenacious "askers" I've encountered are the salespeople at my local gym. Each year within three months of my membership expiring, I begin getting relentless calls. Honestly, I'm not put off by their asking, and I do appreciate their efforts. I understand they are trying to make a living and they don't care too much about my use of the gym, but what if they did? Great effectiveness comes from a man who combines asking with a genuine consideration of another's well-being. Peter and the other apostles are a great example of leaders who ask. 

Peter's address to the crowd in Acts 2 is both carefully constructed in word and thought. But this was not just a good sales pitch; these men were leaders who walked with Jesus and knew the call and benefit of being discipled by Christ. The example to us is twofold. Know Jesus as a  man who is fully invested in being discipled and ask others to do the same. Leaders who know the power of the gospel are leaders who ask others to join them. 

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